Slow life, fast life

We’re on holiday with my wife in Cephalonia, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. We’ve been here for 5 days and will be here for 2 more.

Life is slow here. We have breakfast, spend the morning at the beach or at a tourist destination, have lunch, spend the afternoon at the beach or at another tourist destination, have dinner, do some work, reading, and exercise at various times during the day, and usually end up watching a movie before heading to bed.

Life is slow not only for tourists like us, but also locals. There isn’t much in terms of business activity and most of the locals are simply happy to make a living that lets them get by while enjoying their calm life.

It’s a very different lifestyle than the impact, ambitions, and competition which characterize life in big cities. And there’s no right or wrong answer for how to go about your life. You simply make a lifestyle choice which reflects who you are and the time period of your life that you’re in.

At this moment in my life, Cephalonia is too slow. I usually get bored and want to get back to work after 3 to 4 days of vacation, and that feeling has started emerging now. We made an exception to the shorter vacations we take this time around, but I’m already looking forward to getting back to a faster pace.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are people who would get bored after spending just 1 or 2 days in Cephalonia. They look for an even faster pace than I do.

Fulfillment comes from knowing who you are at the phase of your life that you’re going through and adopting a lifestyle that fits that person.


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